Commanders News: Trade drama, Chase Young, Josh Harris and draft picks

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines following a dramatic few hours of trade activity before the deadline?

Talk about drama.

Fans were expecting fireworks in some capacity before the trade deadline. But nobody envisaged what came next as the Washington Commanders formally kicked off what could be a pretty substantial rebuild in the hope of returning to contention sooner rather than later.

This brought its fair share of storylines attached. The headlines causing debate include Josh Harris' power play, rounding up a dramatic day, murmurings of unhappiness surrounding Chase Young's attitude, and the Commanders' current draft selections following a frenzied day of activity.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders trade Montez Sweat and Chase Young

People around the media - ourselves included - have been debating for months about which defensive end the Washington Commanders would keep. Would it be the dependable Montez Sweat? Or would those in power bet on the upside of Chase Young if he bounced back from serious injury complications?

These conversations turned out to be obsolete. The Commanders moved both just a few short hours before the trade deadline, with Sweat going to the Chicago Bears for a second-round pick that could be pretty high given how poor the NFC North outfit is performing of late.

That bombshell was swiftly followed by another. Young was shipped off to the San Francisco 49ers for nothing more than a conditional third-rounder in 2024, which was on the cheap side but at least gives Washington another selection in the top 100 to strengthen their roster next spring.

The times are changing. And this is just the start.